What the standard says
After repair of a third or fourth degree perineal tear, a woman receives postoperative care that includes the opportunity for debriefing, physiotherapy and psychosocial support.
What this means for you
After surgery, you may have medicines to help manage pain and constipation, and to prevent infection. A urinary catheter may be used for a short period to drain urine out of your body, because it will be hard for you to urinate normally.
While in hospital, you will have an opportunity to discuss your birth experience with a member of your healthcare team. They will discuss the repair, how to look after your injury at home, what to expect while recovering, how to manage breastfeeding if medicines are required, what symptoms to look out for, who to contact if you have any concerns and any follow-up care required.
You may also see a healthcare professional with experience in pelvic floor health, such as a physiotherapist, who will support your recovery.
If you feel unsettled or distressed, you may like to meet with a psychologist who can provide emotional support, or a social worker who may be able to arrange help with your daily activities at home.
If you leave hospital before having these appointments, arrangements will be made for you to obtain this care soon afterwards. Before leaving hospital, ask if any follow-up appointments have been scheduled for you.